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  • Elk County Recycling's Annual Household and E-Waste Collection will beheld April 21st from 9am-1pm at the Moline Rodeo Grounds
  • Elk County Free Fair Dates have been set: July 19-21, 2018

  • Commercial Dumpsters will be available north of City Hall along 5th street April 23rd - May 7th

  • City Wide Garage Sales  April 27th & 28th


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History & Facts

Longton is a city in Elk County, Kansas along the Elk River.
  • Founded:  1870
  • Population:  362
  • Latitude:  37° 22' 40" N
  • Longitude:  96° 4' 50" W
Longton was originally named Elk Rapids but was renamed after a village in England to avoid confusion with nearby Elk Falls & Elk City.  Herbert Capper, father of Arthur Capper, former govenor, senator and founder of Capper's Weekly, named the town.  Herbert Capper owned the first hardware store in Longton.
The discovery of the Longton oil field in 1902 led to a brief period of boom times for the town.
There is more about
Longton's history in the 1912 book, "Kansas, a cyclopedia of State History" by Frank W. Blackmar.

Courtesy of Robert Walker